QUETTA - At least four people were injured in a hand grenade attack in Quetta, on Sunday while rockets were fired in Kohlu during a company search for oil and gas in Barkhan.

According to police, unknown people hurled a hand grenade at hotel located at Imdad Chowk adjacent to Jinnah Road that exploded with a huge bang and injured four people.

Police and other law-enforcement agencies rushed to the site soon after the blast and moved the injured to nearby Civil Hospital for medical aid.

The injured were identified as Muhammad Hashiq, Adil, Naseer and Arif.

Windowpanes of several shops were also shattered due to the blast.

Police tightened security and started a search in the City to round up the accused.

Meanwhile, armed men fired several rockets from mountains targeting a camp of workers of a company in Kohlu who were busy in searching for oil and gas. The rockets landed in deserted areas and exploded, however, no loss of life and damage to property occurred.

Law-enforcement agencies started a search in the area to arrest the attackers.

Meanwhile, a driver was kidnapped in Bolan district on Sunday while a shutter-down strike was observed in Nushki against kidnapping for ransom incidents.

According to Levies, unidentified armed men intercepted a truck in Baghnari area of Bolan and kidnapped driver Muhammad Khan at gun-point.

Levies after getting information rushed to the site and started a search in the area to recover the kidnapped driver. “The incident seems to be a case of kidnapping for ransom,” Levies officials said. However, nobody has demanded for ransom so far.

Meanwhile, a complete shutter-down strike was observed in Nushki against the kidnapping of a student Riaz Ahmed Badini and increasing incidents of kidnapping for ransom in the province.

Unidentified armed men had kidnapped Riaz Ahmed resident of Nushki from outside University of Balochistan Quetta few days back and according to family sources of Riaz, the kidnappers were demanding Rs 100 million ransom for his release.

All shops, markets and business centers in Nushki remained closed in the City throughout the day.

Dozens of relatives of Riaz Ahmed staged a demo outside Quetta Press Club against the kidnapping of Riaz and demanded for his immediate recovery and stern action against kidnappers.